Myrmecocystus depilis
Arizona, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2005

Myrmecocystus honeypot ant species come in three basic color patterns, depending on the time of day that they forage.  The red and black species such as this M. depilis are diurnal, foraging during the day.

USA AZ Cochise Co.: 4 km N Portal 
31º56.46'N 109º08.22'W 1360m. 8.viii.2005. Chihuahuan desert, nest in soil. #AW2651, voucher specimens deposited at ALWC.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS D60, with a Canon 65/2.8 MPE 1-5x Macro lens.